The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic

Book - 2005
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Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins--with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2005, c1983
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780060855925
0060855924 (alk. paper)
Alternative Title: Colour of magic


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"Filled with ambitious wizards and ruthless assassins, the city of Ankh-Morpork has survived many dangers in the past, but now it faces an even more destructive force...TOURISM!!"-Goodreads review. Terry Pratchett's expansive story is difficult to encapsulate but it well worth the fun a... Read More »

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JeffcoBooks Aug 21, 2019

A slightly disorganized and somewhat naive interplanetary tourist named Twoflower joins up with a bumbling wizard and embarks on a chaotic voyage through a world filled with monsters and dragons, heroes and knaves.

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Jan 17, 2020

Interesting start, but ultimately I never connected with the plot, which unintentionally brought to life a video game-esque understanding of "go here and see this person and do this thing" quests, but without the juicy main storyline to fall back on. While I did enjoy the thematically rich yet vile city of Ankh-Morpork, I really can't remember any characters other than Rincewind, Twoflower, and the Luggage. Trickily, the novel ends in a cliffhanger, so I am compelled to read the sequel. A mediocre start to my Discworld education.

Oct 09, 2019

This would be a good one for Clark to start with. I researched it a lot.

IndyPL_SteveB Aug 15, 2019

The first of Pratchett's Discworld series and probably the weakest. Lots of funny stuff, but the book is basically a couple of characters exploring Discworld while the author looks for wordplay that will fit each location. The book isn't actually *about* anything. Rincewind, the grumpy and mostly ineffective wizard, is not much of a character but he does allow us to meet many locations and concepts that will be useful in future books. There might have been a plot but I didn't notice. The second book, *The Light Fantastic*, improves on that part.

There is no requirement to begin the series here or with the second book. The quality really picks up with Book 3, *Equal Rites*; but there are many other Pratchett books you could start with.

IndyPL_JosephL Apr 17, 2019

While understandably his weakest entry into the extensive Discworld series, considering it's the first, Terry Pratchett's "Colour of Magic" offers a crazed slapstick parody of many classic cliches and tropes of fantasy that comedically bashes heads with some of the setting's more modern sensibilities. While most consider it the worst place to start with the series, starting from the very beginning shows just how much Pratchett developed as an author.

Jan 23, 2019

ribbonfarm. Terry Pratcheet discworld first book

Oct 25, 2018

Seems to be a book with a postmodernist philosophy.

Aug 20, 2018

Terry Pratchett's first practice novel. His wonderful writing style is already evident, but characters and story-telling ability are still works in progress in this novel.

Dec 03, 2017

An excellent story. Set in the fantasy land of Discworld (a disc on the back of four elephants riding on the back of a giant turtle), this story parodies and turns on their heads many fantasy cliches. It follows a failed wizard named Rincewind, who knows only one spell (one of the great Eight spells, the most powerful spells in the universe), and Discworld's first tourist, Twoflower, who owns a magical trunk made of sapient pearwood, determined to follow its master to, quite literally, the ends of the earth. Hilarious and creative, this book makes for an excellent slapstick adventure.

Apr 26, 2017

A rogue wizard grew out of cowardice. A luggage made of sapient pearwood cast the most magic spells, while his master/owner Twoflower, a seeker of wonder, appeared the most distant to me.

JCLAndrewP Aug 31, 2016

I read this book when I was a teenager and I have loved Pratchett's stories since. It is funny, silly, and lighthearted. Also, luggage.

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Jeta Kola Aug 19, 2012

This is book starts off with the introduction of Twoflower; a tourist who is often ignornant and naive to his surrondings and his unlucky guide; a failed wizard named Rincewind who is in short; a coward. By traveling along with this comical duo you will have lots of face to face meetings with death (literally) and lots of angry gods and godesses, one in paticular named 'Fate'. Overall this book will get you laughing hard, as you experience this chaotic adventure through Discworld.


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